Why We Seek Life Purpose
Life can pass us by rather quickly. This realization becomes the most vivid when we think back on special moments and memories like holidays, birthdays, and milestones where we are reminded of how months and years go by in the blink of an eye. How many times have you seen a photo or video of yourself that you saved on your phone and then you look at the date in complete shock? The moment feels familiar and close like it happened a few months ago maybe until you realize a year or more has gone by. We often hear people say that “time flies”.
Many of us lead very fast-paced lives and oftentimes, it is our hectic schedules and busy routines that stop us from soaking in the present moment. We live a good part of our lives planning for later, for tomorrow, or for next week rather than enjoying right now and this is much of the reason why time can seem to pass too quickly. Have you ever returned home at the end of a long work day and reflected on what you did with your time and how you spent the last 10 hours of your day? Maybe you were hunched over in front of a computer screen or resolving issues during numerous phone calls. Maybe you were filling out forms, answering emails, or doing work where you have to tend to the public or answer to a supervisor.
In these instances of awareness, you might feel that knot in the pit of your stomach when it hits you that a lot of your day-to-day activities lack meaning. You think that if today were your last day on Earth, would all those emails you answered really matter? Would meeting deadlines make any difference? Is it worth the effort and work you put forth to please others?
We seek life purpose when all of these thoughts, questions, and doubts flood our awareness; when we realize the rapid passage of time; when we notice our mental absence from important and meaningful moments; and when we truly look at what we do all day and wonder, “What’s the point of all this, anyway?” Meaning differs from person to person, therefore what’s meaningful for you might be completely unimportant for someone else. For example having a successful career may be meaningful to some women, when others prefer putting all their energy into being stay at home mothers. Neither is right or wrong, but just a matter of personal preference. Try to figure out what things are meaningful to you an consider if you are doing those things now?
The point is that if you have these moments of acute awareness and realization about the meaning of life and why you are living it the way you do, it’s possible that you could be struggling to find meaning in what you do. You, my friend may be looking for your true life purpose; this is just the beginning.
When we are in self discovery mode, sometimes it is important to use resources that can assist us. My go to resources are books and the internet. I use these tools to guide me in self discovery. There are a few books that I recommend that helped me immensely that I will share with you.
Here are my top 5 that are must have books for exploring life purpose:
What if changing for the better was really possible? What if there was a plan that told you exactly how to get there?What if to secret to getting smarter was learning to think differently? Thinking on Purpose is an indispensable guide to anyone who wants to make changes in their life. This book offers you a 15 day, step by step guide to thinking smarter, better and on purpose so you can build a much brighter future.
Tolle describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows readers how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path to a truly fulfilling existence. Illuminating, enlightening, and uplifting, A New Earth is a profoundly spiritual manifesto for a better way of life—and for building a better world.
Reinvention strategist Marshawn Evans Daniels delivers a practical and inspirational guide for women ready to reclaim their lives and discover a higher purpose after experiencing regret and disappointment—demonstrating that through disruption, life can become sweeter than ever imagined.
In his bestselling book Law of Attraction, Michael Losier showed us how we can attract the things we want through our attention, energy, and focus. But what if you aren’t able to pinpoint what you want in life? What if you’re stuck, unsatisfied but unable to see what’s holding you back―unable to identify what will truly bring you joy?
A transformational guide to living a life of authenticity and abundance, rooted in love, acceptance, compassion, and kindness. Learn how to discover and embrace your inner power, release and heal the emotional residue from the past, and envision a future of unbounded possibilities that allows your passions and purpose to be fulfilled.
We develop the urge to discover our life purpose because we want our everyday lives to have that important sense of meaning. Discovering life purpose means doing things that matter; initiating change; influencing the lives of others; and doing work that fulfills you and truly brings you joy and satisfaction. I am in the process of realizing my purpose as I get closer to my 40s, the joy of discovery is set on fire and will not be extinguished until I have initiated change and influenced the lives of others.
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